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RF Microneedling – Microneedling with Radiofrequency


Irvine, CA cosmetic surgeon Dr. Marguerite Bernett uses a unique approach that creates gorgeous results for our patients with a treatment known as radiofrequency (RF) microneedling. RF laser treatments have been around for many years and are well known in the cosmetic industry for skin tightening. This particular type of laser treatment uses heat to promote the production of collagen in the deeper layers of the skin to create a tighter, smoother surface. This treatment can be combined with microneedling to optimize the results. At our facility, we often add this new advancement to our Irvine area patients’ skin treatments to produce firmer skin, a smoother texture, and a glowing complexion.


If you are 40 years of age or older and are starting to notice smile lines, age spots, discoloration, and other skin irregularities (that can come with age and sun exposure), RF microneedling may be the right treatment for you. RF microneedling is an excellent choice if you wish to:

  • Tighten the skin, producing a more refreshed appearance
  • Improve skin texture, tone, and pigment
  • Treat skin irregularities such as blood vessels and discoloration
  • Minimize the appearance of age spots and sun damage
  • Improve acne scars and other forms of scarring
  • Rejuvenate the skin for a younger, glowing look


Microneedling uses a tool (with tiny needles on the end) that is rolled gently against the skin to puncture and create micro-injuries that “disrupt” the cells and produce collagen. Some also refer to this as collagen induction therapy. New skin forms as the skin heals, leaving the top layer feeling and looking smoother, brighter, and rejuvenated. While this procedure is commonly performed by itself, combining this advanced technique with radiofrequency laser technology has allowed us to optimize the results for our patients.

The process is quite simple. The handheld device, which emits radiofrequency heat, works by delivering short pulses of RF energy through an array of 25 sterilized, gold-plated micro-needles. The energy is transmitted through the needles, which simultaneously punctures the skin and circles back the electrodes to the skin. The RF energy heats at levels that provide cumulative and ongoing benefits.


RF microneedling treatments will take place inside our office using a numbing cream to help reduce discomfort. During your appointment, the handheld device will glide over the desired area, repeating the process until the desired results have been reached. You can expect tiny pinpoint scabs to appear 24 – 72 hours post-treatment, which will naturally shed when the underlying micro-injury has healed. Results become visible as the skin heals over the 3 – 4 weeks following a microneedling with RF treatment. Optimal results usually require 3 – 4 treatments 3 – 4 weeks apart.


If you are looking to reduce the appearance of aging or sun-damaged skin, as well as diminish acne scars, wrinkles, or laxity, RF microneedling is an excellent treatment with proven results. Combining radiofrequency skin tightening and microneedling, this outstanding skin rejuvenation process has risen in popularity and continues to be a top-rated, minimally invasive treatment for our Irvine, CA patients. We invite you to call Marguerite J. Bernett, M.D. to learn more.

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